groyne

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From Old French groign, from Late Latin grunium, grunia, from Medieval Latin grunnium (snout), from Latin grunnire (grunt like a pig).

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groyne (plural groynes)

  1. A (usually wooden) structure that projects from a coastline to prevent erosion, longshore drift etc.; a breakwater
    • 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
      Our assimilation into one another had been beautifully timed, with each little revelation of unpleasantness acting as a modest baffler, a groyne to our mutual inundation. Now all of this was going to be flooded, drenched in poisonous ichor.